The U.S. under-17 men's national team will get its first international competition since it finished second at the Concacaf U-17 Championship in February when it heads to the Vaclav Jezek Cup in the Czech Republic.
The USA has frequently played in the U-18 competition. What is unique is that it will sending the U-17s for the tournament's 29th edition.
Thirteen players return from the USA’s U-17 World Cup qualifying campaign earlier this year are returning for the tournament. The most notable absence is that of top scorer Keyrol Figueroa
, who scored seven goals in the Concacaf championship. The Liverpool forward is injured.
Two players will be playing with the U-17s for the first time: goalkeeper Zack Campagnolo
, who has left the Orlando City academy to join the Colorado Rapids academy, and LAFC academy attacking midfielder Matthew Evans
, who began the U-17 cycle with Guatemala but could not play with the Concacaf U-17 Championship host earlier in the year because he was ill. Adam Beaudry
, the other U-17 goalkeeper, is also in the Colorado Rapids academy. Diego Kochen
has been expected to be the U-17s' starting keeper but he has been promoted to the Barcelona first team.
The U-17 squad includes 16 players born in 2006, three in 2007 and one in 2008: Charlotte FC's Burundi-born forward Nimfasha Berchimas.
The 2023 U-17 World Cup will be played Nov. 10-Dec. 2 in Indonesia. U.S. U-17 Roster: Goalkeepers (2):
Adam Beaudry (Colorado Rapids academy), Zackory Campagnolo (Colorado Rapids academy). Defenders (6):
Noahkai Banks (Augsburg U19/GER), Tyler Hall (Inter Miami FC II), Aiden Harangi (Eintracht Frankfurt U19/GER), Stuart Hawkins (Tacoma Defiance), Peyton Miller (New England Revolution), Oscar Verhoeven (San Jose Earthquakes). Midfielders (6):
Matthew Evans (LAFC academy), Taha Habroune (Columbus Crew 2), Cruz Medina (San Jose Earthquakes), Edwyn Mendoza (San Jose Earthquakes II), Paulo Rudisill (LA Galaxy academy), Pedro Soma (UE Cornella/ESP). Forwards (6):
Nimfasha Berchimas (Charlotte FC), Micah Burton (Austin FC academy), Brian Romero (Charlotte FC), Bryce Jamison (Orange County SC), Ruben Ramos Jr. (LA Galaxy academy), David Vasquez (Philadelphia Union academy).